Dog Friendly Cafes

Enjoy the many fabulous cafes in Cambridge while out and about with your pooch.  The following cafes welcome your dog in their outdoor dining areas.  Most also provide fresh water for your dog while you are enjoying your refreshments.

Absolute Coffee House 

Bikery Café

The Eatery

Good Union

Lily Pad


Café 9 

In Stone Café

The Deli on the Corner


Daydream Espresso 

Suburban Kitchen 


Dog Exercise Areas off-leash

There are plenty of spaces to exercise your dog off its lead in Cambridge.  Pick up a free visitors guide from the Cambridge i-SITE to find the locations listed here.  For more information click here

Wordsworth Dog Park

Gill Lumb Park – Pope Terrace

Leamington Walkway – Lamb Street & Carlyle Street

McKinnon Park, Taylor Street

Gasworks Site, Alpha Street

Walkway in greenbelt from Thornton Road to Watkins Road

River walkway from Dominion Avenue

Lower Lake Te Koo Utu Park

Camellia Path, Lake Te Koo utu

Gil Lumb Park

Polo grounds at Lamb Street (access excluded when in use for Polo)

Old Cambridge Landfill, Shelley Street, Cambridge

Dog Friendly Walks (on Lead)

Due to the large number of cyclists and pedestrians, the following are restricted to dogs on leads only.

Coleman Park and Recreation Area – Conrad Place

Leamington Domain, Wordsworth Street

Oak Arboretum Taylor Street

Waipuke Park

Te Awa River Ride

Tom Voyle Park

Cambridge Green Belt

Dog Friendly Bush Walk (on lead)

Pukemako Scenic Reserve, Gudex Road- on leash at all times

Mount Kakepuku is joint managed by Council and by the Department of Conservation (DoC). Dogs on leads are only permitted on the tracks within the Waipā District Council reserve area. Please keep an eye out for the DoC signage as you approach the summit, as the top of the mountain is a Tapu (sacred) area where dogs are prohibited.

Dog Friendly Accommodation

The following accommodation providers have indicated that they will allow you to bring your dog.  However, it is important that you check with them when making your booking as to what their conditions are.

Podium Lodge

Matariki  Motor Lodge

Peake Cottage

Huntington Stables Accommodation

The Loft – Kennel Only

Jet Park Hotel Hamilton Airport

Dog Friendly Activities

Cambridge Dog Obedience Club – Domestic Dog Obedience Classes; Agility Classes; Flygility and Obedience shows.   Club grounds are at McKinnon Park, on the corner of Taylor St and Swayne Rd, Cambridge (by Cambridge High School).

Dog Friendly Camping

Take your dog camping, but make sure you keep it under control and ensure it doesn’t annoy other campers.

Cambridge Top 10 – by prior arrangement

Cambridge Racecourse – yes on lead

Dunham Point Reserve – under control

Lake Whakarmaru Reserve – under control

Jones Landing – under control

Little Waipa Reserve – under control


Where Not to Take Your Dog

The following venues prohibit dogs, so please respect these.

Might River Domain, Lake Karapiro

Victoria Square

Cambridge Swimming Pool

Cambridge Cemetery (Hautapu)

Cambridge Soccer Grounds, Vogel Street

Cambridge Athletic and Harrier Club grounds, Vogel Street (the path around the outside is okay)

Cambridge Rugby Sub-Union grounds, Taylor Street

Leamington Sports ground, Carlyle Street (playing fields only)

School Grounds

Waikato River Trail (due to Farmland)

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